|Real Name:||Victoria Chlebowski|
|Occupation:||Russian-American Interior Designer And Entrepreneur, Wife of Michael Imperioli|
Michael Imperioli has become a household name in Hollywood. He enjoys the limelight but manages to keep a huge part of his personal life private. Yet, fans have continued to ask who is Victoria Chlebowski. The wife of the famous actor has been beside him since the very beginning of his career.
Victoria and Michael have known each other since college, but they got married in 1996. More on their relationship later on.
Michael rose to prominence after portraying Spider in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 movie, Goodfellas. He also portrayed Christopher Moltisanti in the HBO crime drama television series, The Sopranos from 1999 to 2007.
Who Is Her Famous Husband?
Before we can talk about Victoria, we have to mention a bit about her famous husband. Born in March 1966, Michael is an American actor, writer, and musician. He is mostly known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti in the HBO TV show The Sopranos. That show earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Besides that, he has appeared in movies like Jungle Fewer, Bad Boys, The Basketball Diaries, Shark Tale, The Lovely Bones, and more.
Besides acting, Michael is also a successful screenwriter. He co-wrote the screenplay for Summer of Sam in 1999 with Spike Lee. Michael also wrote five episodes of The Sopranos.
Born in Mount Vernon, New York, he is the son of Dan Imperioli, a bus driver and amateur actor, and Claire Imperioli, a department store worker, and amateur actress. While his parents were amateur actors, he rose to prominence and paved a successful career in the industry. He has Italian heritage.
When he was 11 years old, his family moved to Brewster, New York. During his high school days, Michael started watching Broadway plays. Following his graduation from Brewster High School in 1983, he initially planned on studying pre-med at the State University at Albany.
Yet, he instead enrolled at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute to study acting. Throughout his career, he has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award two times and for an Emmy Award five times. All of his nominations came for his portrayal of Christopher Moltisanti in the Sopranos. Eventually, he won an Emmy for the fifth season of the television series.
Here is a fun fact. He is the guitarist and vocalist for the band Zopa. They released their debut album La Dolce Vita in 2020.
In January 2022, he was cast in a lead role in the second season of the dark comedy series, The White Lotus at HBO.
Now let’s talk about Victoria Chlebowski, Michael’s wife for more than 25 years. She has been living in her husband’s shadows for quite a while. And that is because she tries to keep her personal life private. But fans have always wanted to know more about her. What is her educational background? What does she do for a living? And so on.
Renowned for being the wife of American actor Michael Imperioli, Victoria was born in 1966 in the Soviet Union era of Russia. She grew up in a Jewish family but was a devout Christian. Recently, she and her husband converted to Buddhism. But she spent most of her life as a Christian.
Her parents are native to Russia and migrated to the United States. There, she spent most of her life. She holds both Russian and American nationality. In 1976, her mother, Raise Chlebowski, left Russia for Ukraine because of anti-Semitism. Her mother worked in real estate in the late 2000s, a profession Victoria has inherited.
Her stepfather is RyczardChlebowski, a master artisan who does paneling and moldings. During her childhood, she went to a private high school in California and later attended Elite College in the United States.
Victoria studied art, philosophy, and German in Munich, and took art history at Parson and The New School, a private design college in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York City.
As we mentioned before, Victoria has followed in her mother’s footsteps. She is a successful interior designer and businesswoman. Some of her businesses under her name include SVE New York, a design company born from her collaboration with Sonya Chang.
She loves refurbishing old things rather than buying new ones. That is her signature interior design style. Over the years, she has been involved in refurbishing various buildings. She and her husband also own a popular bohemian bar in Chelsea.
Fun fact: her husband is a famous actor, but she was also credited for a movie. It is called Joy de V, a 2013 noir dramatic thriller directed and written by Nadia Szold.
Marriage To Michael
As we said before, Victoria and Michael have been married for more than 25 years. Yet, they have known each other since college.
According to their official story, they met in a bar around 1995. She was the one to reveal the story in an interview in 2007, but she didn’t mention the bar. Victoria said it was a too personal matter to name the bar.
The two got married the next year, in 1996. Imperioli has always praised his wife and marriage. They have a long and happy marriage, and he is not afraid to publicly express his affection.
They have been together for more than two decades, closing on their third decade together. The TV actor has attributed mindfulness meditation to their successful marriage.
In one interview, he said, “The level of trust and intimacy just grows over time”.
As for posting on social media, here is one post of Michael and his beautiful wife.
Recently, they converted to Buddhism and started attending Buddhist teachings in New York. That was back in 2016, and their first teaching was by Gelek Rinpoche, the teacher of Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass.
Nowadays, they attend all of his teachings whenever possible and go to Sogyal Rinpoche and Dalai Lama’s teachings. They are students of the Tibetan Buddhist lama Namkha Rinpoche.
Do They Have Any Children Together?
Michael and his wife are proud parents of three children. Their children are Vadim Imperioli, David Imperioli, and Isabella Chlebowski. Their two sons are their biological sons, while Isabela is Victoria’s child from a previous relationship. But Michael has happily played the role of stepfather to Isabella.
David is their youngest child, and in a 2021 interview, the TV actor revealed he recently started college. Vadim is the older brother, and he has carved his own path.
Is She On Social Media?
As we said before, Victoria Chlebowski is not interested in the limelight. She doesn’t want to be in the media spotlight. That means she has no social media account on any platform.
Her husband, however, is a successful actor who has to keep up with his fans. He has a profile on Instagram with more than 240k followers.
As we said before, Victoria is a successful interior designer. Her net worth is around $550k, earning it through her many businesses.
On the other hand, her husband is a famous American actor, musician, and writer. As of June 2023, he has a net worth of more than $20 million.
Michael and his wife Victoria Imperioli have homes in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Santa Barbara, California.